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Review: Powerbilt AFO DFX MOI Driver



Pros: Powerbilt’s AFO DFX MOI driver offers some of the fastest ball speeds and most consistent smash factors we’ve seen in testing, all in a deep-faced design that frames the ball quite nicely. In addition, Powerbilt offers stock shafts (no upcharge) from Aldila, Fujikura and Graphite Design.

Cons: The lack of adjustability and name recognition in the marketplace make it difficult to establish immediate credibility. As such, many big box stores and green grass accounts may not have demo clubs available for potential customers to try.

Takeaway: If you are more concerned about performance than a brand name and you don’t mind a non-adjustable head, this driver is extremely fast and forgiving. With an MSRP of $299, the increase in ball speed comes at a great value.


OEM’s are chasing the holy grail of drivers more than ever before. At the same time, consumers want the “one-arrow quiver” in the form of a driver that gives them both maximum distance and maximum forgiveness. To that end, Powerbilt, which hasn’t exactly been a major player in the premium driver market, is reintroducing itself with the 2014 AFO DFX MOI driver.


This driver, which features a glued (non-adjustable) head is offered in lofts of 8.5, 9.5, 10.5 and 12.5 degrees. The 8.5- and 9.5-degree models are currently right-hand only. Stock length for this club is 45.5 inches and swing weight as tested was D5.

Stock (no upcharge) shafts include the Graphite Design G-Series, Fujikura Fuel, Fujikura Motore F3,  Aldila NVS and Aldila RIP Beta. Custom shafts from Oban and Mitsubishi are available for an upcharge as well. MSRP for this club is $299.

The differentiating feature of this club is Powerbilt’s patented “Nitrogen Charged” technology, a.k.a. Nitrogen N7. According to Powerbilt CEO Ross Kvinge, the goal was to “harness the nitrogen” and provide a driver with the classic aesthetics (deep face, rounded profile), which has been the calling card for the company since its 1916 inception. Effectively, 80 PSI of compressed nitrogen (the company did play around with nitrogen levels as high as 150 PSI) is added behind the face of the club in an effort to reinforce the entire face in a manner that is unprecedented in the industry and conforms to all established rules of golf. Powerbilt touts this weightless technology as paramount in creating a club which offers maximum C.O.R. and consistently extreme ball speeds and smash factor.


I’m not sure if it’s the Nitrogen technology, lightening bolt emblem or warm California sun, but this supercharged driver isn’t afraid to go deep and play all day. Over….and over…and over….It was like I was hitting “rinse and repeat” all day long. Once I was able to dial in my swing, I was hitting mid-trajectory bombs that peaked, never ballooned and consistently exhibited decent angles in the low 40-degree range. Nearly ideal.


With the Oban Kiyoshi White, the club displayed a mid launch, mid spin, long carry and it hit the ground like it was being chased. What’s more, the shot shape was remarkably predictable and I could rely on a little butter cut fade on literally every tee ball. Honestly, given some of the past informercials, I was concerned. However, after a small bucket, my concerns were entirely alleviated and were as far gone as the the last range ball I hit into our maintenance shed, which was a 290-yard carry.

On several dog-leg left holes, I did struggle to turn the club over. That being said, my big miss is the “left-going-more-left” tee ball and frankly, I can’t hit that shot consistently anyway. The dispersion, however, was as good if not better than other comparable clubs.

Again, I have to give credit to the N7 technology, which apparently means you are going to hit the ball longer and straighter than pretty much every other driver out there. My typical miss is a high block, and while there isn’t a tour-quality driver in the world that can save me from this shot, slight mishits were penalized ever so slightly and I noticed minimal loss in distance and direction with the AFO DFX MOI.


The head itself is a mid-launch and mid-spin design, and given the plethora of shaft options you could certainly tweak this head a bit in either direction. However, if you are a player who absolutely needs super low spin, there are lower-spinning options out there at similar price points. But you’ll likely give up some ball speed in the switch, as the AFO DFX MOI created some of the highest ball speeds and smash factors I’ve seen in testing on shots hit across the face.

For you data wonks, check this out. As measured on FlightScope my averages (sea level) were:

  • Swing Speed: 111 mph
  • Ball Speed: 166 mph
  • Launch Angle: 15 degrees
  • Spin: 2700 rpm
  • Descent Angle: 41-to-45 degrees
  • Carry: 270+ yards
  • Total Distance: 290+

Again, I was exceptionally impressed with how consistently efficient this head was. I had a couple smash factor ratings of 1.52, which is theoretically impossible. Every great recipe has a secret ingredient and maybe this N7 stuff is like my Aunt Mable’s “dash of that” in her cherry pie. Regardless, I was able to produce better results than my swing should be able to, or that my spin numbers would indicate. To that end, I would love to see an adjustable head so users could really dial in the launch, spin and shot shape. To get really picky, I’d love to see Powerbilt create a lower-spinning model so I could hit this driver even farther. I guess the other option is a couple fewer cupcakes and a bit better swing, but as Powerbilt indicates, this club is geared toward “every golfer.”

What I tested: Powerbilt Air Force One DFX MOI Driver

  • Length: 45.5 inches
  • Swing Weight: D5
  • Shaft: Oban Kiyoshi White (stiff)
  • Loft: 9.5 degrees

Looks and Feel

The aesthetics of the DFX are all business. Serious business. The matte black crown flows nicely into the deep black face with the only deviation being a white alignment aid atop the pear-shaped profile. The rear of the club is slightly pointed and the sole of the club has aerodynamic shaping, orange accents and plenty of words and letters to remind you what brand/model you’re bagging. Overall, the head shape is nice and compact and doesn’t appear or play bulky or cumbersome. Its appearance at address, aside from the alignment aide, which looks cheap and lacks symbolic presence, is pleasing to even the most discerning players.


It’s been stated that sound creates feel. In that case, this club really hums. Or sings. Literally. At first I had no idea what to expect hitting a club reinforced with nitrogen, but the sound was uniquely different. It wasn’t loud or obnoxious, but more like hitting something that was part golf club and part tuning fork. The sound isn’t an accident. In point of fact, it’s engineered. Sound waves are provided exit channels prior to compression to create a specific sound and feel. I can’t say I was adverse to it, but it was a far cry from persimmon. I guess the best description is that the feel is a taste acquired slowly over time.

Bottom Line

Powerbilt’s new AFO DFX MOI is a high-performing, distance-eating monster of a driver. The access to high-end stock and upgraded shafts is reason enough to buy the club. That said, the lack of adjustability and minimal name recognition provide a significant barrier to getting potential customers to try the club.


Powerbilt is a small fish in a ginormous sea, working its way into premium golf clubs and the AFO DFX MOI is just that: Premium. Powerbilt has put in the time, effort and engineering to create a technology that CEO Ross Kvinge asserts will allow them “to stay pretty true to who we are.” From what I can tell, this is a company moving in an exciting and performance-oriented direction and I wouldn’t be surprised to see Powerbilt on some higher profile professional tours in the near future based on the performance of this club.

Powerbilt’s mantra “change your game” and unprecedented use of nitrogen is slightly edgy and quite risky, largely because it has to be. The consumer driver market is ultra competitive and there is an abundance of quality choices. As such, Powerbilt is certainly willing to put itself out there and is banking on something that is colorless, weightless and odorless to make a lot of noise.

Be careful, it just might be where driver technology is headed. Wouldn’t it be something is Powerbilt got there first?

Related: Our review of Air Force One DFX Tour driver. 

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I didn't grow up playing golf. I wasn't that lucky. But somehow the game found me and I've been smitten ever since. Like many of you, I'm a bit enthusiastic for all things golf and have a spouse which finds this "enthusiasm" borderline ridiculous. I've been told golf requires someone who strives for perfection, but realizes the futility of this approach. You have to love the journey more than the result and relish in frustration and imperfection. As a teacher and coach, I spend my days working with amazing middle school and high school student athletes teaching them to think, dream and hope. And just when they start to feel really good about themselves, I hand them a golf club!



  1. Fozcycle

    Jul 29, 2015 at 9:11 am

    I won a DFX Tour awhile back and got it with the Aldila RIP Beta shaft….which produces a flight pattern very similar to the Project X shafts. Anyway, this makes my 3rd AFO driver(+ 2nd Gen + WMD) and it definitely will put the ball out there. Much more distance gained over my Cobra Bio Cell. As for PowerBilt, they were my first set of clubs in the 1950’s, then a new set for graduation in ’68. Gamed them for 15 years.

  2. Prut

    Jan 28, 2015 at 7:34 pm

    I root for Powerbilt. First good set of clubs I ever had when I was 16 in 1978 were Powerbilt Citation forged. Played them for 20 years and don’t think I ever hit any Irons longer. Of course being 16 helps that. I picked up the original Nitrogen driver a couple years after it came out for like $30 bucks and couldn’t believe it. Straight and long. You have to not give a shit what people think of it. A nice Cru leather headcover helps. If i could find this one somewhere in the $150 range, I’d pick it up.

    Where do you find it at all?

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  4. Jamie

    Aug 2, 2014 at 7:30 am

    Just got one last week. Played with it yesterday for the first time. After confirming faster ball speed and longer yardage over my Covert and BioCell+ and Callaway Xtreme on my GC2/HMT…took to the course and boom! Added 10 yards to my drives. I usually get about 260-270 on avg. drive with swing speed about 102-103. I hit 4 drives 270-280 yes (numbers include roll). I even hit one 300 yards up hill on a par 5 with no wind measured with my GPS app on iPhone. All I will say is get this driver and try it. It comes with a 30-day send back guarantee.

  5. M.Coz

    Jul 29, 2014 at 11:01 pm

    I have hit this and it is the real deal plus it is a really good looking club. I have advised many pretty good players to check it out if they can when looking at the driver world. I think the TM SLDR is the top of the heap right now but for those who need a little more spin than that one this is a club to look at.

  6. Chris

    Jul 27, 2014 at 9:47 am

    Coming to Walmart near you…

  7. Desmond

    Jul 24, 2014 at 6:34 am

    Can they make an adjustable driver? Would not the nitrogen leak out and leave the selling point useless?

  8. joro

    Jul 23, 2014 at 8:17 pm

    “If you don’t mind a non adjustable head” Great line, what is a non adjustable head, prehistoric? It is a good idea but most Golfers don”t touch it anyway. Good club though,

  9. Rich

    Jul 23, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    I have owned several of these, dating back to their infomercial…The ad seemed somewhat tacky, but I swear, this company produces a great product. I have now owned either 4 or 5, and their customer service is second to none. I had what I thought was a somewhat minor problem with one driver, they had me send it in…several days later I received a brand new one from them, no questions asked. My last one I was somewhat disappointed with the sound. Worst sound of any driver I ever had . Because of that, I went another way, but maybe I’ll look at them again….well worth the time.

  10. Jason P.

    Jul 23, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    I did own the AFO N7 2 years ago and do agree it hits FAR ! Hits longer than anything I’ve ever owned or tried but there were a few downsides for me. One, the Spin is very high and when your swing isn’t perfect this head magnifies that and makes you look like a fool. Two, the sound of this head was awful. Sounded like I was using a trash can lid to hit the ball. But if you have a perfect swing and wear ear plugs this driver is for you. But if you want to save some pennies just go out and buy one of those Acer XS Titanium driver heads their fabulous. I paired a 12 degree head with a AldilaNVS 65 shaft and cut it down to 43.75″ and it will find most fairways all day long.

  11. John Muir

    Jul 23, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    I’ve played versions this driver since the original model a few years back and they’ve made improvements every year. I was skeptical of the Nitro tech but it’s the real deal. The graphics on the new model are sharp, too.
    John Muir

  12. Carlos Danger

    Jul 23, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    any specs on this in terms of the face angle? square, closed, open?

    • Chris

      Jul 23, 2014 at 12:43 pm

      The one I hit seemed to set up very square – In talking with Powerbilt, they are certainly making an effort to include features which better players are likely to demand – i.e. square/open face, more traditional profile, etc. It most certainly didn’t set up closed…

  13. Mike

    Jul 23, 2014 at 7:22 am

    Powerbuilt and Wilson used to be the brands to have in the 90s, its a shame to see them drop off in the world of golf.

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  15. hebron1427

    Jul 22, 2014 at 6:06 pm

    78% of air is nitrogen….so, it’s really air…

    • Donal

      Jul 23, 2014 at 12:50 pm

      Air head ops is this the new ebay model

    • Dave

      Feb 12, 2016 at 7:01 pm

      Yes it is but, and some tire companies are using it in there tires. The nitrogen is not prone to expand or contract with temp changes. Keeps tire pressure even. So I imagine the driver head should stay consistent in all temps.

  16. Russ

    Jul 22, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    I no longer login as Raidernut1234, however if you do a search. You will find my original review of the first powerbuilt driver. It was a CANON!! The best part was outdriving the OEM fanboys!!! If they have muted the sound and they are including the Oban at $ 299. Don’t cheat yourself, get out and hit this. I’m sure it will be at Morton’s in sacramento. I know I will.

  17. Jeff Trigger

    Jul 22, 2014 at 11:06 am

    I’m convinced the Kiyoshi White could be attached to a brick, and still produce solid drives. I changed the head from r1 to SLDR this year, and even with my shorter than standard shaft, people wonder what i’ve done. Huge distance gain for me, simply the shaft producing a better launch.

    • Zak Kozuchowski

      Jul 22, 2014 at 5:30 pm

      We had several testers hit two different AFO DFX Tour Black drivers with different shafts on a Doppler radar launch monitor, so the shaft wasn’t the difference maker in this driver.

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GolfWRX Spotlight: Tour Edge Exotics C721 driver



Tour Edge’s Exotics line of high-end golf clubs has been known for excellent fairway wood and hybrid performance over the years. The Chicago-based company has been consistently putting out high-quality products, and golfers are really taking notice. The new line of C721 drivers, fairway woods, and hybrids take yet another big leap forward from last year’s EXS line. 

The new C721 driver takes a lot of technology from the 2020 EXS line and further refines and expands on it. I know it is a little cliche when companies say every model is their best ever, but Tour Edge is 100 percent right this time.

When unboxing the C721 the first thing I noticed was the much-improved looks and shape over the previous Tour Edge drivers. The biggest change to my eye is the added bulge, giving a more rounded and softened topline.

The overall shape of the C721 is slightly stretched from front to back, giving it just a hint of a triangular look. The Ridgeback is a titanium spine flanked by two carbon fiber wings that add stability and forgiveness to the head, but they can also work together and an additional aiming device to ensure you are lined up down the center of the fairway. 

Getting the C721 out on the course is where you really start to appreciate all the technology that went into this driver. Well-struck shots are very long, very boring, and will hang with anything out on the market today. Center contact is rewarded with a long and very low spin shot that is just fun to hit.

The sound and feel are very solid, you can really feel the ball compress on the face as it leaves at high speed. The sound is more of a muted crack and much quieter than I anticipated. If you practice on an enclosed range your ears will thank you for your choice in drivers. Shots hit away from the center of the face retain a lot of ball speed and stay online really well.

My miss is low on the heel and those misses stayed in the air fairly well and went a good ways. Shots hit down on the heel or higher on the toe side still stay online really well due to the Ridgeback spine and rear weight. The C721 is just slightly higher than mid-launch for me, but the low spinning head never allowed my shots to balloon or rise even into the wind. I do wish the face was just a touch deeper as I had to play with my tee height in order to find the optimal setup. The better players will enjoy the neutral weighting and there seems to be very minimal draw built into the driver.

Overall, the Tour Edge Exotics C721 driver is a great club that will probably be overlooked by too many golfers. If you are looking for added distance, a lot of forgiveness and want to keep some money in your pocket, then you should seriously take a look at Tour Edge.

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Review: Ping’s G400 and G400 LST Drivers



I still remember the first time I hit Ping’s G30 driver. It was July 2014, and I was at Ping’s HQ in Phoenix. Super low-spin drivers were all the rage at the time. With their forward center of gravity, they were helping golfers optimize their launch conditions beyond their wildest dreams: crazy high launch, ridiculously low spin. Many in the business, including myself, had one of these drivers and spent many launch monitor sessions trying to figure out how to get more distance from these high knuckleballs. The bad news was that forward-CG drivers, by nature, were really unforgiving. Bad shots were really short and crooked.

Before I knew the G30 was a big deal, Marty Jertson, Ping’s Director of Product Development, explained to me his vision for the perfect driver inside a conference room at Ping Headquarters. In his eyes, the perfect driver didn’t have the low, forward center of gravity (CG) that was being touted at the time. Its CG was located as low and as rearward in the driver head as possible, which he said would offer the best of both worlds: optimized launch conditions on good shots, as well as the best possible forgiveness on bad shots.

Building the perfect driver was a long way off (and still is), but Jertson was excited where Ping had landed with the G30. When it was released, the driver was a powerful testament to his vision. Its rear-CG design created great distance on good and bad shots, and it was also a very straight driver. The G30 sold incredibly well and, as a result, the industry mostly shifted away from forward-CG drivers.

It’s been nearly three years since the release of the G30, and Ping has just made another counterintuitive driver release. The company shrunk the size of its new G400 drivers in a climate where full-size drivers have become the norm. Granted, it’s only 15 cubic centimeters smaller, but it’s noticeable at address. Compared to the Ping G drivers they replace (which replaced the G30), the G400’s look like they cut carbs.

Despite their slimmer frames, however, the G400 drivers are actually more forgiving than the G drivers (which were even more forgiving than the G30). That’s why Ping representatives say smaller is actually better in the G400’s case. The drivers have the lowest, most rearward CG of any Ping drivers ever, and their smaller size is said to improve their aerodynamics so golfers can swing them fractionally faster. The other big change is a new face material made of T9S+ titanium, which is thinner and more flexible to help golfers generate more ball speed.


For this review, I wanted to put the G400 and G400 LST to the test against the G and the G LST drivers that they replace, so I took them to the Launch Pad at Carl’s Golfland in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. I hit five shots with each driver on Trackman IV, and to ensure as much of an apples-to-apples comparison as possible, I tested each driver head with the same shaft. Each driver head was adjusted to the same loft, or as close as possible.

Note: The G, G LST, and G400 drivers I tested were 10.5-degree heads adjusted to 9.5 degrees. The G400 LST had a loft of 10 degrees, and it was adjusted to 9.4 degrees.

The Test


In my personal driver tests, I don’t usually see a huge uptick in distance or accuracy when comparing the latest drivers to the most recent models from the same manufacturer. Improvements generally come in the form of improved head shaping, a better feel, or enhanced adjustability. That’s why I was surprised to see such a big change in my launch conditions and dispersion with the G400 drivers.

G400 Test Results: With the G400, I launched my drives an average of 1.6-degrees higher than I did with the G while dropping spin an average of 416 rpm. That led to a significant improvement in distance. With my swing speed and ball speed staying about the same, I added an average of 7.2 yards more carry distance and 8.7 yards more total distance.

G400 LST Test Results: First, a note about the G400 LST. It has a CG that’s slightly lower and more forward than the standard G400 driver to help golfers reduce spin. Like the G30 LST and G LST, it’s still very much a rear-CG driver, but its design helps high-speed golfers who can consistently find the center of the club face maximize distance without highjacking forgiveness. When I test Ping drivers, the LST is generally the model that creates the best performance, and the G400 LST was no exception. I saw an average of a 1.2-degree higher launch angle with all other things staying about the same when I compared it to the G LST. The result was an average of 6.6 yards more carry distance and 3.1 yards more total distance. It was the longest and straightest driver I hit in the test.

Note: Ping also sells a G400 SFT (Straight Flight Technology) driver, which has added draw bias. To learn more about it, click through to tech story on the G400, G400 LST and G400 SFT drivers. 



One way to explain the improved launch conditions is that I hit the G400 drivers more consistently. As you can see in the Trackman dispersion chart, I hit the G400 and G400 LST drivers straighter on average than the G and G LST. Is that its slightly enhanced forgiveness shining through? Maybe, maybe not.

To me, the changes Ping made to the look and feel of the driver were just as important as the performance difference I saw on Trackman. I’ve always preferred smaller driver heads, or at least 460-cubic-centimeter drivers that appear smaller than their size. For that reason, I felt more confident with the G400 drivers in my hands. I didn’t mind that I didn’t see any added swing speed or ball speed from the smaller driver head. I was sold on the looks alone.

I also preferred the sound of the G400 drivers to the G drivers. There was definitely much more of a “thwack” than a “ping” at impact, which made the G400’s feel more powerful. Looks and feel are subjective, of course, but to me the improvement was night and day. I don’t think it’s a stretch to say that my fondness for the looks and feel of the G400 was at least a contributing factor to my improved performance in the test, if not the most important factor. When I like the way a club look at address, I tend to hit it better, and I know I’m not alone.

I do want readers to keep in mind that this was a one-person test and I hit a limited amount of balls. Yes, it’s a great indication that the G400 driver can be measurably better than a G driver, but it’s not a guarantee.

I also want to address the weaknesses of the G400 drivers. While they’re few, they could push golfers into another driver model in a fitting. Unlike Callaway’s GBB EpicTaylorMade’s M1 or Titleist’s 917 drivers, the G400’s don’t have CG adjustability. That means there’s no way to fine tune ball flight outside of a shaft or loft adjustment. A bigger deal for some golfers might be the G400 crowns. Despite their smaller size, there’s still a lot to look at address, as was the case with the G drivers.


Aerodynamic features on the front of the crowns, “Turbulators,” have been thickened for the G400 release. There’s also Ping’s “DragonFly Technology,” a geometry on the back of the driver crowns that helps push CG lower and more rearward in the driver heads. I personally think the G400 crowns give the drivers an old-school, muscle car-like look, but there’s no question they won’t fly with all golfers.

Whatever your thoughts about what’s on top of the G400 drivers, there’s no question that what’s under the hood can offer something the G and G30 drivers did not. Maybe you’ll like the smaller head. Maybe you’ll prefer the quieter sound. Maybe the improved forgiveness will show up on a launch monitor or on the course. Or maybe you’ll just flat out rip a G400 farther and straighter down the middle like I did.

If that last bit happens, try not to second-guess it.

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Members Choice: The Best Driver of 2017



What determines the best driver on the market; is it the opinion of professional club fitters, professional golfers or testing results from a group of amateurs?

At GolfWRX, we believe all three sources can lead golfers to an answer. Being a website founded by passionate golfers with a mission to serve passionate golfers, though, we place a special emphasis on the opinions of our GolfWRX Members — the most knowledgeable group of golfers on the planet. No other group of golfers in the world tests golf clubs as frequently or as extensively as GolfWRX Members. So who better to poll to get an initial indication of the best performing drivers so far in 2017?

So we asked them, “What’s the best driver of 2017?” They voted for the three drivers they felt most worthy of the title and provided feedback about their selections in our special forum thread. You can see the results below (as of the first three weeks of voting), as well as quotes we pulled from GolfWRX Members about the drivers from our forum.

Remember that our polls will remain open for voting throughout the year, and we’re going to keep an eye on the percentages as more and more golfers have an opportunity to test these drivers. We’re also working on another Best Driver list, which will evaluate clubs in another important way. Stay tuned!

Keep in mind that there’s no single driver on the market that is the absolute best option for every golfer: that’s why nearly every manufacturer makes at least two different models. As this list indicates, however, some drivers are working better than others this year. Happy Testing!

Note: Forum posts were minimally edited for grammar, style, spelling and clarity.

Cobra King LTD Black (3.00 percent of votes)


  • The General: All-black LTD is really clean looking. I’m about to cover up the orange on my LTD with lead tape. Orange is played out
  • mh7vwLove my LTD, but wish the black finish (or even this gray) didn’t have that subtle checkering you see in some like. Prefer plain black.
  • dbleagI am a fan of the black/orange combo. The performance and sound of the LTD is very appealing to me. I also like that the standard length is 45 inches. For me, that helps it be super-accurate. With the low-spin design, I hit it longest of the current offerings and can’t remember the last time I missed a fairway. Straight, solid, low spin and nice.
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Mizuno JPX-900 (3.20 percent)


  • johnnythundersJPX goes straight. Best real-deal shaft and is long and very adjustable.
  • KT35That blue head looks awesome sitting on the ground. I hit balls off the toe and heel and didn’t see the big drop off in distance like the previous models.
  • nmortonThe JPX-900 is definitely more forgiving compared to the JPX-850, and sounds much better. Though they did sacrifice a bit by going with a little larger profile, but it’s easy to get used to. The graphics are so so, but this driver performs. I’m really digging the Evo II (shaft).
  • jay65I can see that Mizuno is really making a decent effort with its drivers/fairways in terms of tech and aesthetics, and they compliment the new JPX-900 line of irons really well, but if they’re going to make any inroads they really have to address this issue of their custom shafts options. It’s rubbish.
  • bok006The JPX-900, after being properly adjusted by the fitter, gave me an extra 20 yards just like that. My swing speed suggested I was borderline S to X (flex), but the fitter said unless I was fighting a hook I should stick with the S.
  • bubbagump: …the JPX-900, when properly fit, is just as long on a consistent basis than all the new models I tried in real life situations. It looks great, sounds solid and just knows the way to keep the ball in play.  
  • ChazbI’m 69 years old, have a swing speed of 91 mph and played nine with the JPX-900 this morning. It was in the 40s with a brisk wind hit it around 220 to 230 yards. It was a fairway finder, has great feel and is one of the easiest to control drivers I have ever hit. I can’t wait ’til it is warmer and can dial it in more. So far I have the two weights all the way forward for a lower flight and the other set with a draw bias with 10.5 degrees of loft. This driver is the real deal; it may not be the longest or the shortest, but it is a fairway finder which IMO makes it a winner.
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Ping G (3.80 percent)


  • Wesquire: Ping G is the most forgiving so it wins.
  • bopper53: Ping G hands down. Great distance and the most forgiving.
  • Dannydubbbs: The Ping G series is just too forgiving. The distance is comparable between most models, but Ping always seems to win out with forgiveness.
  • Bruin BearThe Ping G is going to be overlooked because it’s looked at as “game improvement,” but this driver is a beast. I liked the LS, but it requires a faster swing to get results and in the cold outdoors I just don’t have that all the time. I think the G is the perfect blend of performance and forgiveness.
  • cmrl1986Only reason I switched from the Ping G25 was that the G felt less harsh off the face. Same distance just about.
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Cobra King F7+ (3.90 percent)


  • EntourageLife: Ball really flies off face. Driver head controls spin well. Not one drive “ballooned” and trajectory was high and best of all… very easy to work ball right to left for a confident draw.
  • GollieThe F7+ is another great offering from Cobra… I didn’t get the “MAN, this is gonna take my LTD out of the bag” feeling, but it has very good sound, feel and performance.
  • J13F7+ is a great offering from Cobra and IMO is in the top-3 drivers this year. Epic is the standout for me numbers wise, then M series and F7+ are right behind it. Love the Agera (shaft) in there!!! Such a great shaft; I can’t seem to get mine out of the bag.
  • Golfer from MOHit both Cobras lefty and as a lefty the LTD is the shizzle. Last year it was the LTD and Big Bertha down to the absolute wire… the F7+ is more workable than the LTD, but not longer and a little worse on mishits.
  • BoognishI took a few swings with the F7+ at Golf Galaxy yesterday. 9.5 degrees with heaviest weight forward. The stock shaft is actually the same model I play in my GBB (albeit in smoked black instead of yellow). Ball flight and distance were similar to my GBB with good consistent sub-3000 backspin. Sound was OK, feel was harder than the GBB.
  • thechief16Just from the range (no LM), I didn’t see a noticeable performance improvement with the F7+ over the original King LTD. And I like the look and sound/feel of the LTD better.
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Ping G LS Tec (4.90 percent)


  • drvrwdgeI played the G LS with the Ping Tour 65X (shaft) tipped an inch for about a year. Just put the HZRDUS Yellow 75 6.5 tipped an inch and never thought it was possible, but it’s longer and straighter. Best driver shaft combo I’ve ever hit. You can feel that HZRDUS throughout the entire swing. Really gives you a solid connected feel.
  • Mtngolfer1: I am not sure that I would consider this a 2017 Driver, but my vote went to the Ping G LS Tec. The fact that my G is still holding its own against the latest 2017 releases has me very excited to see what Ping will release later this year.
  • 3woodvt: Fairway finder and plenty long.
  • pitchinwedgeI’ve found the LS to be nearly as fade biased as the M family. I get pretty good results with the LS by making a conscious effort to make more of an in-to-out swing. Any lapse in concentration and everything goes right. The M’s require even more effort, which is the reason I stayed with the LS instead.
  • 3 Jack ParAfter an up and down year with the G LS, I’ve actually recently gone back to my G30 LS head. I only have a couple of rounds as a sample so far, so I can’t really draw a conclusion about whether one or the other is better, but with the same shaft it seems like my G30 head might be a little longer. Honestly, the performance differences are pretty minimal if you really compare the two generations.
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Titleist 917D3 (5.30 percent)


  • GavaThe 917D3 is in my bag now, and I’ve found it incredibly long with a recently purchased Graphite Design Tour AD MJ 7TX shaft. Feel and accuracy has been a real improvement as well.
  • Togatown22I find my 917D3 to be just as forgiving as my 915D2 was, and man do I prefer looking down at the head shape and color versus the 915. Very confidence inspiring.
  • NIxhex524I would definitely give the D3 a whirl. I feel like Titleist has made great strides at making the smaller head way more hittable for us ams.
  • KPH808So in conclusion, I was hitting the ball about 9 yards further on average and 3-4 mph faster ball speeds with the 917D3 vs. the 915 D4. The biggest thing for me was the forgiveness between the two; the 917D3 was more forgiving on mishits.
  • brushieThe 917D3 head feels soft like the 910 and sounds great. I never had an issue with the 915 sound; it wasn’t great, but it didn’t bother me too much. This is much better, though. The 917D3 head shape is perfect to my eye as well. The area where the 917 shines is forgiveness. 

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TaylorMade M1 440 (5.35 percent)


  • Tigermatt31: The M1 440 is best driver I’ve had ever.
  • TollBros: The M1 440 is definitely lower spin than the M1 460 or M2 from last year. Launch angle isn’t really any lower, but spin is lower for sure.
  • specimania: This year’s 440 is more forgiving.
  • MCozYes, this 440 is more forgiving, and yet it also appears to be more workable than both of the previous M1 and M2s.
  • nitramTo save you a bunch of reading and crunching numbers, I quickly concluded there was a little more forgiveness and exactly +0.4 mph ball speed with the 440. By forgiveness I simply mean this: A 1.48 smash 440 will give you the same ball speed and distance as a 1.49/1.50 430. But if you get a 1.50 from both there is no measurable gain. Side-to-side dispersion was better by 4.7 feet with the 440. Workability was a wash between them, although the 430 seems a bit more fade biased whereas I’ll describe the 440 as a scosche more neutral.
  • tj24: I hit the M1 440 with my Aldila RIP at an 80-gram X-flex. For me, the spin numbers were around 1700 rpm which is probably to low for my swing. I did, however, like the shape of the head and I felt like I could easily work the ball both ways.
  • halfsumoI really think they nailed it with the shape of this 440 head. Nice pear shape, no weird bulges or ridges that you have to get used to.
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Titleist 917D2 (6.65 percent)


  • tsletten: Love the sound of the 917D2.
  • bladehunter: No doubt the 917D2 is an accurate, forgiving driver that doesn’t look as big as it is and sounds fantastic.
  • JStangMaybe it’s just me, but I find the face to be more shallow (top to bottom) with the 917D2 than other drivers that I’ve tried lately.
  • LuckyLowbrowI was actually spinning it too low with the D4. Going up to the D2 normalized my spin rate, but led to such an improvement in consistency across the face.

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TaylorMade M1 460 2017 (11.81 percent)


  • Ereim: I ended up going with the M1 460. It gave me a slightly tighter dispersion, and I liked looking down at it slightly more.
  • jdenham15: The 2017 TaylorMade M1 is a great driver, but I tend to miss wide right and struggled to turn it over.
  • ZBigStick: The M1 460 gave me the best results. Was able to increase launch without much added spin with the (T-Track) weight. Feel is good and felt forgiving; dispersion results backing that up.
  • BillMurrayGolfingThe face is hot, receptive, thin and makes a nice sound. I like that.
  • JStangSound and feel were both fantastic. I couldn’t ask for much more in the sound and feel department than what this club offers. Plenty of feedback was provided based on impact as I would expect. I could easily tell where I missed based on feel.
  • tnordJust as another tester found, moving the weight back and forward absolutely does impact how the club sounds. I’m much more a fan of the weight back.
  • chickenpotpieMoving the slider to the draw position made the feel of the driver a little harsher. Feel was much much smoother with that weight in the middle. I didn’t see any such changes with the front/rear slider.
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TaylorMade M2 2017 (11.86 percent)


  • ZBigStickI liked the feel of the new M2 but seemed to get better results and numbers with the new M1. Could be the extra 5 grams of head weight?
    It was dynamite with the GD TP-6 (shaft)!
  • erock9174On Trackman it didn’t put up the most ball speed, but counting all shots the M2 had the longest average distance.
  • gripandripThe M2 seems to have a little bit of a fade bias for me. And the head is HUGE. Maybe it’s a mental thing to be able to turnover a head that large.
  • Bomber_11M2 has very big shoes to fill, as the 2016 M2 was arguably one of the best drivers of the last 3-4 years.
  • LONG&STR8It’s hard to ignore the sound of the new M2. That may be TaylorMade’s biggest fail with that driver, as the sound and feel was one of the best things about the first version that I’ll have in the bag until something better comes along.
  • Z1ggy16The new M2 was terrible for me, not sure why. Unsure if it was the shaft I used but it spun up like a monster and ball speeds weren’t any better than previous M2.
  • Peanut191I don’t really think that the new M2 was much of a step backward, probably more that it doesn’t seem like a big step forward compared to last year’s model. I was hitting my 2016 M2 against a 2017 M2 indoors (which usually amplifies the louder, more obnoxious sound) and I didn’t notice that much of a difference in sound. It could have been that I might have just happened to get a hold of a head that was more muted than normal with the new one, but I just didn’t notice much difference. Performance wise, I could tell that the 2017 was slightly more forgiving than the 2016 model, but I was basically getting the same ball speed and spin numbers, so I didn’t see the need to upgrade.
  • gioguy21: Played 54 holes this weekend. The M2 was as reliable as it could get. I hit 11/12 fairways Friday, 10/12 Saturday and 5/9 or so yesterday (windy). Controllable, just wants to go straight. The sound no longer bothers me. I think it’s when hitting indoors or in range bays that it gets unbearably loud. Makes a different sound when hit on the screws I’ve found, similar to last years M2/M1 with less high-pitched ring. The forgiveness is very obvious, as I hit a couple that were close to center of the face but either high or little out toward the toe that flew similar trajectory and distance to how a well struck shot would react. I think where this driver really shines is the ability to either tee it high and hit it with higher trajectory or the ability to hit it lower with a low tee (3/4 of the ball under the crown) and hit laser beams that don’t move left or right.
  • G-BoneFrom what I’ve seen on Trackman, 2017 M1 was a big jump from 2016; however, 2016 M2 was so good, 2017 is a minor jump.
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Callaway GBB Epic (14.91 percent)


  • HDTVMAN: I hit both the Callaway Big Bertha Fusion and Epic with a 44.5-inch UST Recoil F3 shaft and the results were very close. From customer testing, it appears the Epic is longer for those with higher (95+) swing speeds. I have also seen that 44.25-44.5-inch lengths promote tighter dispersion with customers, no loss of distance and better over-all drives.
  • mbbrewer: Tried them all and for me Epic was the one. Fastest ball speed, lowest spin and tightest dispersion.
  • Ereim: Epic felt great, looked great and the numbers were basically 99.9 percent optimized for my swing.
  • johnnylongballz72There is Epic and there is the M series… then there is everyone else. The votes here show it, the PGA Tour use shows it and launch monitors everywhere show it.
  • misplacedtexan83: GBB Epic/Sub Zero pushed the envelop in design and materials to produce increased ball speed and gains. For once a driver did what a company said it would do.
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Callaway GBB Epic Sub Zero (16.91 percent)


  • jdenham15: I tested the Epic Sub Zero and Epic against my 2016 TaylorMade M1 and the ball speed was 5 mph higher on average, which gave me about 10 yards more carry disstance. That was great, but the part that sold me was the forgiveness. I love my Epic Sub Zero. I feel like it’s easier to turn over and I can work it both ways.
  • Z1ggy16Sub Zero was hands down the best, including my gaming M1 (yeah, not even top-3) due to the combination of lower spin, good forgiveness and feel and looks.
  • jimhaire: I had a 2016 M2 and went with the Epic Sub Zero. The look at address suited my eye and the feel off the face was better for me. And the club went straight.
  • Sef: I have tested a lot of these drivers and for me the Epic Sub Zero was so much better than everything else. I wish I could just apply all three votes to it.
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